TEACHERS from schools in the cyclone-affected areas have been told to return to their respective schools.
According to a government statement, this is to fast-track rehabilitation work in schools so that they are ready to open when the new school year begins on January 21.
Divisional education officer western Lorima Voravora said the decision was made in Suva and that the head of the ministry made the call following assessments to the schools.
"All teachers have already been told to return to their schools so they can see rehab work being carried out," Mr Voravora said.
"We would like to thank the Australian government for assistance it has been providing to the rehabilitation and recovery to all schools."
Mr Voravora said all rehabilitation works on minor damage would be completed before the new school year begins.
However, those schools that have been severely damaged would be ready a week later.
"Our concern right now is also the dormitories when schools open," he said.
"We have provided makeshift tents for schools but we will complete work on time so that there is minimal disruptions to the students' education."
Military engineers, the Public Works Department and 29 private contractors have the task of making sure schools are ready by January 21.